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Ministries working on advertising ban: no fags, no sexism

Federal Justice Minister Heiko Maas wants to stop sexist advertising. Federal Nutrition Minister Schmidt announces a ban on cigarette advertising on billboards.

Accordingly, the planned tobacco advertising ban should be in force from 2020 and also apply to e-cigarettes Photo: dpa

Billboard advertising for cigarettes and sexist advertising are to be banned according to plans of the German government. Federal Minister of Food Christian Schmidt (CSU) announced in the newspapers of the Funke media group that he wants to ban advertising for cigarettes on billboards and in cinemas. For his part, Justice Minister Heiko Maas (SPD) plans to ban gender-discriminatory advertising, according to a Spiegel report.

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Column startled couch potatoes: vacation, heat, boredom

Paradise is boring? Or whoever is bored is hopelessly unhappy? Not at all. In praise of time-wasting.

Enjoying the heat Photo: imago/Westend61

Longer stays in southern Spain or Tunis at nearly 50 degrees have convinced me: living in a twilight state for a few weeks is enormously invigorating in the aftermath. This somnambulistic, summer trance state behind shutters that are darkened during the day, this emptiness and aimlessness sharpens the senses and clears the mind. Paradise is boring? Or whoever is bored is hopelessly unhappy? Not at all.